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A guide to using the citation management tool Zotero.

Other Citation Management Guides

Visit our Mendeley and Zotero guides to learn about other citation management programs.

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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open-source citation management software that allows you to:

  • Conveniently and securely store, organize, and track sources based on project, class, theme, etc.
  • Quickly generate citations and bibliographies in any style.
  • Easily find sources you’ve previously saved.
  • Back up your library of sources to the cloud.

Install Zotero

  • Go to
  • Install browser extension
  • Install desktop app
  • Welcome to the Zotero Setup Wizard: click Next Select Standard, click Next Specify installation location (usually default is fine), click Install Check the Launch Zotero now box and click Finish
  • Register aka create Zotero account
  • Install word processor plugin (for Microsoft Word and Google Docs)
  • On the desktop app, go to Edit > Preferences > Sync tab. Enter user name & password for Zotero account

Attend a Workshop to Learn More

Please join us for an interactive, 90 minute, virtual workshop on using citation management tools! We'll spend the first 20 minutes or so discussing how citation management tools can improve your research process and then demo three different options: EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. In the last hour, you'll join a breakout room dedicated to the tool you choose. 

You have two workshop dates to choose from this Fall 2021, both via Webex Meetings:

No advance registration is necessary, although we recommend you join on a personal computing device so you can download software.

We hope to see you there!

What is Citation Management Software?

This brief video details how citation management software can save you time and energy while researching. It demos EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. It features closed captions and audio narration. To navigate the various sections of this 8-minute video, please watch it on YouTube to access the Table of Contents in the Description field.

Workshop Slides